QB injures ribs on questionable play

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan
McNabb left Sunday's NFC championship game with injured ribs.

McNabb sat out one play in the second quarter, then was replaced
again in the fourth quarter after absorbing another hit.

He was initially hurt after he tumbled backward to the turf on a
sack by Carolina Panthers lineman Mike Rucker. Linebacker Greg
Favors, unsure if the play was over, then jumped on McNabb and sent
him into an awkward roll, bending McNabb's left leg into the
quarterback's chest.

McNabb walked off the field under his own power, holding his rib
cage with his left hand. Koy Detmer entered and completed a screen
pass for minus-3 yards before McNabb returned to huge cheers.

But he left the game again after he was driven into the ground
by blitzing safety Jarrod Cooper on the Eagles' final play of the
third quarter. McNabb slowly walked off the field, again clutching
his ribs.

McNabb was 10-for-22 for 100 yards when he left the second time.

At the time of the first injury, McNabb was 6-for-10 for 58
yards. On his first play back, he completed a 10-yard pass to
Freddie Mitchell to set up a field goal, but he was later
intercepted three times by Panthers rookie Ricky Manning.

McNabb also was sacked four times in the first half. He was
sacked eight times last week by Green Bay.

McNabb was late coming out of the tunnel at halftime. Detmer was
warming up on the sidelines just before kickoff, but McNabb entered
on Philadelphia's first drive of the second half.